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49ers open are 1.5 point underdogs against the Bengals

I wasn’t expecting that

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Cincinnati Bengals v San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers convincing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t enough to impress the Vegas oddsmakers. The Niners initially opened up as one-point favorites three days ago. That line has shifted, and now the 49ers are 1.5 underdogs.

The Bengals were up for a good portion of Week 1. It was 17-14, and the Bengals missed a 45-yard yard field goal. On their next possession, Cincinnati went for it on 4th & 1 from Seattle’s 36-yard line but didn’t make it. The Bengals had two more possessions to try and take the lead, but couldn’t pull it out.

The total for the game is 45. So Vegas is assuming the game finishes 23-21, Cincinnati. I would imagine both teams score more than that, assuming the Bengals can convert, and the 49ers don’t struggle as much in the red zone. Andy Dalton lit it up last week. He finished 35/51 for 418 yards and two touchdowns. John Ross was a big part of that, as he had seven catches for 158 yards. Fifty-five of those came on a last-second heave right before the half. The offense did struggle to run the ball, finishing with only 34 yards on 14 carries.

Seattle did have success getting in the backfield, as they finished with four sacks, and a whopping 20 hurries. Look for the 49ers pass rush to have another big game. This time around, hopefully, they can convert more of those pressures into sacks.

We’ll have players to watch, and some more analysis pieces on the Bengals as the week goes on. Do you agree with the 49ers being underdogs this week?